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Chiquitos Province

Chiquitania ("Los Chiquitos" or "Gran Chiquitania") is a region of tropical savannas in the Santa Cruz Department in eastern Bolivia.

The name Chiquitos means "little ones" in Spanish. It was chosen by the Spanish Conquistadores, when they found the small doors of the Indian huts in the region. Around 20 ethnic groups live in the Chiquitania region.

A notable feature are the 18th century Jesuit reductions and Franciscan settlements scattered throughout the region. They were Utopian villages based on the teaching of the catechism and religious related activities such as baroque music, handicrafts, and agriculture. Six churches still remain in the zone and were selected in 1990 as UNESCO World Heritage Sites under the name Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos.

See also

Jesuit Reductions

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